Whether you’re planning on getting your hands on some of the best African streetwear at London’s Street Souk or hitting up the new Marcel Duchamp-dedicated exhibition in Venice, there’s a lot happening around the globe this week. There’s no excuse for this weekend not to be filled with art, fashion and culturally immersive activities, with adidas Originals’ Newcastle exhibition, the new NYC Maison Valentino flagship store opening, or Bicester Village’s poetry reading happening soon. Keep reading for your full fix of this week’s Around the World.
adidas Originals has an exhibition in Newcastle
adidas Originals has just opened up its Newcastle-based, footwear-focused exhibition in collaboration with END.. A sneakerhead’s dream, the exhibition dives deep into the adidas Spezial archives, putting on display shoes signed by Stormzy, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Lily Allen, and RUN DMC. The exhibition also shows a preview of the upcoming adidas Spezial FW23 collection, as well as football shirts, specifically the Newcastle United x adidas Football Club shirts.
Maison Valentino opens its new flagship in New York
The Italian heritage Maison, Valentino, crosses the Atlantic ocean and lands right on the popular Madison Avenue in New York City with a brand new flagship store. Valentino’s new store stretches over three floors and uses the building’s already-existing architecture to inform its decor. Customers are greeted with imposing columns and tall windows, before entering the chrome and Valentino Rosso-coloured store, with each room specifically decorated to highlight its contents.
PUMA and Street Souk highlight African streetwear
Africa’s streetwear convention Street Souk is hitting up London on November 12 in collaboration with PUMA. The Street Souk sale was founded by 24-year-old Iretidayo Zaccheaus, and has now been running for six years, having landed global destinations such as LA, Dubai, Accra, Lagos, Cape Town, and London. This year, the London-based sale will take over Protein Studios on Anning Street, and will feature brands such as Mowalola, Motherlan, Thirsty Labs, and more.
Madrid shows off the House of Alba’s fashion
The House of Alba is one of the most influential Houses in Spanish fashion, dating back to the Middle Ages, having dressed some of the most important Spanish Dukes and Duchesses in history. This history is now celebrated at Madrid’s Liria Palace, in a curated exhibition titled “Fashion in the House of Alba.” Over 100 pieces will be on show from now until March 31, 2024.
FLANNELS X is taking your drinks order
FLANNELS X’s Oxford Street store is opening a brand new bar on its second floor, fittingly titled The X Bar. A physical display of FLANNELS’ “We Are The Party” campaign, the FLANNELS X space is using this Christmas period to turn its store into the “ultimate shoppable house party.” The X Bar will serve up all your favourites, from Dom Pérignon to Veuve Clicquot, as well as varied snacks for everyone, from caviar to crisps.
Seoul hosts its 12th Mediacity Biennale
The international media art festival is back in Seoul for the twelfth year, taking place in the Seoul Museum of Art. The Mediacity Biennale explores the impact of novel technologies and their role in the art world. Just like every year, artists, curators, corporate visionaries, and art enthusiasts from all over the world gather in Seoul, with this year’s festival titled “THIS TOO, IS A MAP.” Expect art installations and panel discussions open to the public.
Bleue Burnham lands in Harrods with jewellery and flowers
Opening this Friday, jewellery brand Bleue Burnham is taking to Harrods to host its “JEWELLERY & FLOWER MARKET.” Bleue Burnham has always found inspiration in the natural world, whether it be cherry blossoms or the sun. Each customer who purchases from the Harrods pop-up will receive a bouquet of flowers, with the first forty lucky ones also receiving a daffodil bulb package or a custom T-shirt specifically designed for the occasion. Bleue Burham has also made a unique ring, the Rose Garden Signet, with lab-created green sapphires made in Harrods.
Marcel Duchamp’s work is put on display in Venice
Best known for his 1917 urinal art piece titled “Fountain,” the 20th century influential artist Marcel Duchamp is being honoured as part of Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The exhibition, titled “Marcel Duchamps and the Lure of the Copy,” was curated by Paul B. Franklyn, the Paris-based creative best known for his extensive knowledge on the artist. Expect to see works such as Nude (Sketch), Sad Young Man in a Train, and the Box in a Valise, alongside a collection of around sixty artworks.
Bicester Village hosts a poetry reading
Bicester Village isn’t just a place for reduced-priced shopping, but also one that celebrates art and culture. Today, the outlet shopping destination is hosting a poetry reading that invites George The Poet and Arch Hades to perform their work. Each ticket sale will see 100% of its proceeds go to the outlet’s DO GOOD charity program. Bicester Village has also teamed up with the Art Shop by Collagerie to create cultural experiences throughout the village for shoppers to immerse themselves in this Christmas period.
Brilliant Corners celebrates its 10th birthday in Hackney
This Saturday and Sunday, the Dalston-based bar, restaurant, and music venue, Brilliant Corners, is celebrating its 10th birthday, with parties running on both days. For the occasion Brilliant Corners will be using its travelling GIANT STEPS sound system to amp up the crowds at the Hackney Wick community building, The Baths, with a lineup of DJs who have all worked with Brilliant Corners over the past decade. With a mezcal in hand and moves bound to be busted out on the dancefloor, this party will be one for the books.
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